February 26, 2017

‘Everyone hates the police!’ Teargas used as anti-Le Pen protest in France descends into violence



Riot police were forced to use tear gas to contain a protest staged by anti-fascist and far-left union protesters in Nantes in western France.

The demonstration was initially organized against a speech by the National Front leader Marine Le Pen scheduled for Sunday. Read more.

RT

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Malcolm X on Police Brutality. Nothing's Changed



On the anniversary of Malcolm X's death, we look back at his prophetic message on police violence against the Black community in the US.

teleSUR

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Be Thankful for a Dysfunctional Chaotic White House



Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss the Trump-Bannon-Pence administration, a naked display of the 1% ruling without apologies and damn what comes tomorrow

TRNN

Unpredictability of Trump's Policy Pushes Latin America in China's Hands

Tensions between Washington and Beijing and the uncertainty of US President Donald Trump's policy create conditions for tighter cooperation between China and Latin America.

Chinese conglomerate Sinochem is considering the sale of its 40 percent stake in Brazil’s Peregrino offshore field, Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the matter. Read more.

Sputnik

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7 Yemeni people killed in fresh airstrikes in Ta'izz, Dhamar



Saudi warplanes’ attack on the Yemeni province of Ta'izz has claimed the lives of five children in Mokha District. Another airstrike on the province of Dhamar has killed two more civilians.

More than 12000 Yemenis have been killed since Riyadh launched its military campaign in March 2015.

PressTV

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February 25, 2017

Almost half of Britain's weapons exports go to Saudi Arabia - report



Almost half of the UK's entire recent weapons exports have gone to Saudi Arabia

That's according to the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

RT

February 24, 2017

Dutch relations with euro up for debate after lawmakers commission probe

Feb 24 The Netherlands' future relationship with the euro will be comprehensively debated by its parliament following elections in March, after lawmakers commissioned a report on the currency's future.

The motion approving the investigation by the Council of State, the government's legal advisor, coincides with a rising tide of euroscepticism in Europe, which populist parties are hoping to tap into in a series of national elections this year also taking in euro zone powerhouses France and Germany. Read more.

Reuters

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Wie Reiche immer reicher werden - die große Geldflut



Seit Jahren betreiben die Notenbanken dieser Welt eine Politik des billigen Geldes, allen voran die EZB. Sie kauft marode Papiere, um Banken zu retten, will das Wirtschaftswachstum ankurbeln, verschuldete Staaten stützen. Was die Staatshaushalte um hunderte Milliarden entlastet, ärgert auf der anderen Seite die Sparer: null Zinsen. Und die neue Geldschöpfung führt weltweit zu einer unkontrollierten, noch nie dagewesenen Geldflut.

Experten warnen bereits vor neuen Blasen. Beispiel Immobilien: Nicht nur in deutschen Großstädten explodieren die Preise. In London kostet ein Einzimmerappartement locker mehr als eine Million Euro. Weiterlesen.

Das Erste

Israel says no more visas for 'biased' HRW staff

Israeli authorities reject Human Rights Watch request for work permit, accusing it of having a 'pro-Palestinian' agenda.

Israeli has refused to issue a visa for a senior Human Rights Watch staff member, accusing the US-based rights group of pro-Palestinian bias and saying it will no longer grant visas to its staff. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

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Netanyahu depicted as Hitler by Sydney protesters during historic Australia trip



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met by pro-Palestinian protesters carrying a poster depicting him as Adolf Hitler during his official state visit to Australia. Read more.

RT

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February 23, 2017

California Dreaming: Calls for state secession from USA grows



Furious opposition to President Donald Trump's leadership and policies is continuing to grow across the U.S. And in the state of California, one in three now think secession may be the only solution.

RT

February 22, 2017

The Deep State's Dramatic Emergence Is Proof Our Elections Mean Nothing

Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the Special Terror Relationship



On this episode of The Geopolitical Report, we examine the special relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States and the prominent role the Saudi Wahhabi version of Islam plays in the spread of Salafist ideology and terrorism.

President Trump’s decision to not include Saudi Arabia on his list of travel ban nations reveals it is business as usual in Washington — and business as usual for Trump, who is on friendly terms with the Saudis, including the half brother of Osama bin Landen.

We also look at the role the Saudis have played in funding the likes of the Islamic State and al-Nusra in Syria and its partnership with the CIA and the Pentagon.

Newsbud

February 20, 2017

Growing up with War: Children of Syria


Since war broke out in Syria almost six years ago, a whole generation of kids has never known life in peaceful times. 

They’ve witnessed family members being killed and their houses destroyed. Many were wounded and war has robbed them all of their childhoods.

With no end in sight to the bloody conflict, their futures remain uncertain.

RT

“De media misleiden het publiek over Syrië”

Lode Vanoost - “De berichtgeving over de oorlog in Syrië zal worden herinnerd als een van de meest beschamende episodes in de geschiedenis van de Amerikaanse pers”. Niet de uitspraak van een rabiate anti-Amerikaanse stem op een of andere alternatieve website, maar Stephen Kinzer, sterreporter van The New York Times.

In het opinie-artikel 'The media are misleading the public on Syria' in de krant Boston Globe van 18 februari 2017 geeft Stephen Kinzer zijn mening over de vooringenomenheid van de berichtgeving in de Amerikaanse mainstream media. Dit is een samenvatting van zijn argumenten met eigen commentaar. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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Saudi arms imports up 212% amid Yemen campaign, US & Europe top suppliers to Mid East – report

Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military intervention in Yemen, is the world’s second-largest arms importer, according to a new report. Riyadh’s arms imports increased 212 percent compared with 2007–11, with the US remaining the world’s top weapons exporter.

Between 2007–2011 and 2012–2016 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. Read more.

RT

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February 19, 2017

Crops sprayed by Israel destroy Gaza's farmlands



In January, the Israeli army said it used crop-dusters to kill off vegetation along the border with Gaza.

According to Palestinian officials, 170 hectares of land were damaged as a result, and the effects continue to be felt by farmers in the region. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Gaza.

Al Jazeera

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US and Israel join forces to bury Palestinian statehood

Daoud Kuttab - Trump and Netanyahu are trying to push a more blatant and legalised form of apartheid on the Palestinian people.

Thanks to the lovefest between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, ignoring the Palestinian national leadership seems to be back on the front burner. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Iraq begins military operation targeting western Mosul



The UN says it is now a race against the clock to prepare for the displacement of civilians as Iraqi troops begin an offensive on western Mosul.

There are about 750,000 people trapped in the city Government troops and their allies retook last month the eastern side of Mosul, the last major ISIL stronghold in Iraq.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil in northern Iraq.

Al Jazeera

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Turkey will be part of Raqqa op if deal reached, says Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Feb. 18 that Turkey will be part of an operation to liberate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bastion of Raqqa, though not directly, if a deal with U.S.-led coalition forces can be reached.

“We will not be directly inside an operation [on Raqqa], we will provide tactical support, of course if we agree in principle,” state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Yıldırım... Read more.

Hürriyet

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Turkish FM to visit Turkish Cyprus amid crisis in peace talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will visit Turkish Cyprus on Feb. 20-21, as peace talks on the divided island hit a snag following the Greek Cypriot Parliament’s decision to celebrate a 1950 referendum aimed at unification with Greece.

“Çavuşoğlu … will pay a working visit on Feb. 20-21, 2017 to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus [TRNC] to exchange views... Read more.

Hürriyet

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Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Involvement in Ecuador



Wikileaks cables reveal the devious role of U.S. in Ecuador 2010 coup attempt that injured nearly 280 people. And how the U.S. attempted to plot against Rafael Correa.

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What Wikileaks Docs Say About Ecuador's Presidential Candidates (video) - teleSUR

Julian Assange’s Fate Could Be Decided by Ecuador’s Election - NY Times
Ecuador goes to the polls to elect new president (video) - Al Jazeera

Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants... Read more.

Reuters

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Tens of Thousands Attend Refugee March in Barcelona



Tens of thousands took to streets in Barcelona with the slogan "We want to welcome them" urging the Spanish government to take in more refugees.

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'Montenegro assassination claim part of psychological warfare op against Russia'



The Telegraph, as a favored mouthpiece for British intelligence service disinformation, is a part of psychological warfare operation against Russia, said independent journalist Martin Summers.

RT

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‘Russian coup plot claim is an attempt to jumpstart Montenegro’s stalled NATO bid’ – fmr US diplomat (video) - RT

Moody's upgrades outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negative

"In addition, the Russian economy is now recovering after a nearly two-year-long recession," the agency said 

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Moody's international rating agency has changed its outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negative, the agency said in a statement. Read more.

TASS

Ukraine faces energy crisis after blockade



Activists have cut off Ukraine’s coal supply in the eastern region of Donbass. Kiev says the blockade can cost the country’s economy up to 2 billion dollars.

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Putin signs decree legalizing some Donetsk, Lugansk documents in Russia



President Vladimir Putin's decree legalizing some documents issued by authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk, in the territory of Russia, does not signal any change in Moscow's stance on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Minister has said.

RT

‘CIA leaks like a sieve, Obama’s holdovers should be probed' - frmr Trump adviser Roger Stone



Rumors of the US President’s ties to the Kremlin are based on nothing but loosely interpreted illegal leaks from rogue intelligence agents, former Trump adviser Roger Stone told RT, denouncing anti-Russian hysteria as neocons’ attempt to justify their warmongering.

RT

February 18, 2017

Greece: Stalled bailout talks fuel debate in Parl't, action from Merkel

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis clashed in Parliament on Friday in a debate that was intended to focus on crime but dealt primarily with Greece’s stalled bailout negotiations. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to have undertaken an effort to bridge differences between Berlin and the International Monetary Fund over the best way to deal with Greece.

According to daily Die Welt, Merkel spoke with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and determined that the Fund will participate in Greece’s third bailout after all. Read more.

eKathimerini

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IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt



There's a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson

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Pakistan: Sufi victims question government on security after shrine blast



Day after deadly ISIL attack, more than 100 gather to wash blood-soaked floors of the shrine and continue ritual.

Islamabad and Karachi - Sufi devotees have returned to their shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province less than a day after it was targeted in a suicide attack, in defiance of ISIL which claimed the bombing. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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February 17, 2017

Trump calls on Venezuela to release jailed opposition leader Lopez

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Venezuela to release opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014.

"Venezuela should allow Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner... Read more.

Reuters

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Cocaine or Roses?



Cocaine and roses are two of Colombia's biggest exports to the u.S. Between 2014 and 2015, while 75% of imported flowers into the us originated in Colombia, 90% of seized cocaine in the u.S. was also from Colombia.

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February 16, 2017

Abraham Lincoln The Racist? The True Face of Abraham Lincoln



On Sunday the United States celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a leader who was racist, cared about white supremacy and had no interest in abolishing slavery.

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US intel agencies keep Trump in dark citing alleged ‘Russian contacts’



US President Donald Trump says the alleged intelligence leaks of classified intel to the media warrants an investigation, adding that the American MSM is intentionally distorting facts while reporting the work of his administration. 

Gregory Copley, President, and Editor-in-Chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs Publications vs. Brent Budowsky, columnist for The Hill.

RT

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Wikileaks releases 'CIA espionage orders' for 2012 French presidential election



Wikileaks has released three classified CIA espionage orders revealing details of an alleged seven-month long spying campaign by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election. Read more.

RT

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Trump drops US commitment to Israel-Palestine two-state solution



In a major policy shift, US president says he would back a single-state solution, after meeting Israeli PM Netanyahu.

President Donald Trump has dropped Washington's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, backing away from a long-held position of the US and the international community in the Middle East. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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February 15, 2017

'Trump expects Moscow to ‘return’ Crimea to Ukraine, has been tough on Russia' – WH spokesman



WH spokesman Spicer on Russia, Ukraine & Crimea: Trump has been incredibly tough on Russia. He expects Russian govt to ‘return’ Crimea & de-escalate violence in Ukraine.
Read more.

RT

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February 14, 2017

The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.

Officials have confirmed that the U.S. military, despite vowing not to use depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, fired thousands of rounds of the munitions during two high-profile raids on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled Syria in late 2015. Read more + video.

Foreign Policy

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Netherlands grants 18-month stay for coup-plotting soldiers seeking asylum

The Netherlands has granted 18 months of right to stay for a group of Turkish soldiers who sought political asylum from the country after the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) has allowed the Turkish officers and their families to stay in the country during the period needed to examine their asylum requests, Dutch daily NRC reported on Feb. 14. Read more.

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February 13, 2017

At least 18 civilians, mostly women & children, killed by airstrikes in Afghanistan in a week – UN



A United Nations investigation has determined that at least 18 civilians have been killed by international coalition airstrikes in Afghanistan over the past week.

RT

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February 12, 2017

Behind Romania's Protests, A Struggle Between Unaccountable Judiciary and Corrupt Politicians


Part 2

CriticAtac co-editor Florin Poenaru says Romania's political crisis is likely to deepen after the protests begin to recede

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Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era



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Sanders rips Trump, jokes about 'fake news'

Sen. Bernie Sanders weighed in on President Trump's travel ban, Trump clashing with the media and controversy surrounding National Security Advisor Michael. Full interview video.

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“Overheid is grootste producent nepnieuws”

Cees Hamelink, emeritus hoogleraar internationale communicatie, vindt dat overheden en journalisten de hand in eigen boezem moeten steken, in plaats van anderen te beschuldigen van nepnieuws. En mediaconsumenten moeten zich kritischer opstellen.

U adviseert geen NOS Journaal meer te kijken. Waarom niet?

“Als je het NOS Journaal kijkt om te weten wat er in de wereld gebeurt, dan is het zonde van je tijd. Er zijn tegenwoordig zoveel alternatieve bronnen, die veel informatiever zijn. Lees meer.

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9/11 mastermind's letter to Obama contains ‘rational motives’ – journalist



A newly revealed, 18-page letter sent to President Barack Obama in his final days in office, written by the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has gone without critical examination by many mainstream media outlets.

Max Blumenthal, writer and editor at Alternet, joins RT America’s Ashlee Banks to offer his analysis of the content of this “remarkable” and “vengeful” letter and to explain how it should make us reflect on US foreign policy.

RT

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Not The Onion: Saudi Crown Prince Receives CIA Medal For "Efforts Against Terrorism"

We are sad to report that despite the change in administration, the "new" CIA is exactly the same as the "old" one.

In a stunning mockery of fact, either real, "alternative" or gratuitously made up, on Friday the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received a medal from the CIA... Read more.

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February 10, 2017

China closes in on bitcoin

Chinese bitcoin trading platforms risk closure if they breach new virtual currency "money laundering" controls as Beijing steps up efforts to curb the flow of capital offshore

Chinese bitcoin trading platforms risk closure if they breach new controls on the virtual currency, the central bank said Thursday, as authorities step up efforts to curb the flow of money offshore. Read more.

Asia Times

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February 9, 2017

Protesters Attempt to Block a Trump Deportation



Activists and local community come together to try and stop deportation of woman in Arizona.

Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, has lived in the U.S. since the age of 14 and has two children. She is one of the first victims on Trump's war against Immigrants.

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Empire Files: US-Russia Relations in "Most Dangerous Moment"



Leading scholar on US-Russia relations addresses the claim being trumpeted by politicians and media on both sides of the political spectrum that Russia is now the "number one" threat to the United States. Given the proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine, Dr. Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is "a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis."

Dr. Stephen Cohen is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and New York University where he taught Russian Studies. He has been a noted author and commentator on US-Russia policy for decades.

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CIA-directeur arriveert in Turkije

Peter Edel - Deze week kreeg de Turkse president Recep Tayyip Erdogan dan eindelijk het telefoontje van zijn Amerikaanse collega Donald Trump waar hij al zo lang naar uitkeek. Wat er over bekend werd gemaakt leert dat er vooral formaliteiten werden uitgewisseld. Zo benadrukte Trump hoe belangrijk Turkije is voor de strijd tegen de Islamitische Staat.

Daarnaast werd afgesproken dat CIA-directeur Mike Pompeo Ankara zal bezoeken, om daar met zijn counterpart Hakan Fidan van de nationale Turkse inlichtingentrots MIT te praten. Beetje vreemd om een baas van een inlichtingendienst dergelijke klussen op te laten knappen. Stel je voor dat AIVD-opperhoofd Rob Bertholee er op uit wordt gestuurd om Buitenlandse Zaken te vertegenwoordigen. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Friedman, Trump's Israel envoy pick, reportedly behind new settlers homes

David Friedman chairs an American nonprofit organization which is funding a newly-approved apartment building in the West Bank.

A recently approved apartment building in a West Bank settlement was reportedly funded by an organization headed by David Friedman, US President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel. Read more.

JPost

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India: Centre shuts health mission gate on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NEW DELHI: The Centre has shut the gate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a critical national health mission, and possible conflict of interest issues arising from the foundation’s “ties” with pharmaceutical companies is one of the reasons.

 All financial ties of the country’s apex immunisation advisory body, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), with the Gates Foundation have been cut off. Read more.

Economic Times

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'Fake News': Jeremy Corbyn calls out BBC



Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the BBC of reporting “fake news” after he was asked live on air whether his job might soon be up for grabs.

RT

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Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen

Planned for months, it was decided over dinner.

The raid on a village in rural Yemen reportedly aimed to capture or kill one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and deliver a stinging blow to al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), a militant network the US had been trying to dismantle for more than a decade.

The collection of small brick houses in Yemen’s dusty central region was home to civilian families as well as militants and was heavily-guarded, meaning a precise, well-practiced operation was paramount. Read more.

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Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France, several injured



An explosion has occurred at Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant, in France’s north-west, officials told local media, adding that several people were slightly injured after inhaling the fumes, though there is no nuclear risk. Read more.

RT

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February 8, 2017

Syria rejects Amnesty’s report of mass jail hanging


Amnesty International has published a damning report claiming the Syrian government has hanged as many as thirteen thousand inmates at a prison outside Damascus. 

Murad Gazdiev has the details.

RT

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Syria: Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria (pdf) - Amnesty International

2. METHODOLOGY - "Amnesty International also co-operated with individual activists and Syrian monitoring groups to establish contact with former detainees as well as with the families of persons who have been detained by the Syrian authorities. These groups include Urnammu for Justice and Human Rights, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, and the Syrian Institute for Justice and Accountability"

Amnesty International “Human Slaughterhouse” Report Lacks Evidence, Credibility, Reeks Of State Department Propaganda - Activist Post

NAM members must unite against unilateralism: Iranian president

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for closer ties with Latin American states, especially Venezuela, saying independent nations should stand united in the face of unilateralism and extremism in the world.

In a Wednesday meeting with Venezuela’s visiting Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and Oil Minister Nelson Martinez, Rouhani said independent states, particularly members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), “should work hand in hand to play a more active role in regional and international affairs.” Read more.

PressTV

Palestinians decry Israel’s land grab law



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the international community to oppose an Israeli law that retroactively legalises 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian land.

Israel's parliament voted to pass the bill on Monday. It allows settlers to keep land they took if they could prove they did not know it was owned by Palestinians.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from the occupied West Bank. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Trump administration to approve final permit for Dakota Access pipeline

The deputy secretary of the Army will grant the final permit needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army declared in a court filing Tuesday, clearing the massive infrastructure project’s last bureaucratic hurdle.

The Army’s intention to grant a 30-year easement under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe was immediately hailed by congressional Republicans and decried by members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other opponents. Read more.

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February 7, 2017

Radiation at Fukushima at highest level since meltdown



Radiation levels at one of Fukushima’s power stations is at its highest level since the tsunami-triggered meltdown almost six years ago, TEPCO reports.

Safely dismantling the plant will prove an enormous challenge and is made even more difficult by this discovery. Radioactive waste monitor Kevin Kamps, of Beyond Nuclear, joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario to explain the details of this ongoing catastrophe. Read more.

RT

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All Fukushima seafood samples pass safety tests for radioactivity - Asahi Shimbun

Putin signs law on ratification of Turkish Stream agreement

The Turkish Stream project envisages the construction of a natural gas pipeline via the Black Sea to the European part of Turkey

MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement with Turkey on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project. Read more.

TASS

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Putin continuing to advance into… Korea??



Putin continuing to advance into… Korea, according to Maxine Waters advocating for Trump impeachment.

RT

Colombia holds peace talks with ELN rebels



Colombia's last active rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, has freed a hostage in a goodwill gesture ahead of peace talks with the government.

Al Jazeera

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Dole and Del Monte also facing crimes against humanity charges for financing death squads in Colombia: report

Colombia’s prosecution is set to charge almost 200 companies, including multinationals like Dole and Del Monte, for financing death squads in the banana-growing region of the country, according to Blu Radio.

The radio station reported contents of the alleged set of indictments a day after the country’s chief prosecutor announced his office would charge companies for crimes against humanity for their alleged voluntary support for the paramilitary death squads. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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February 6, 2017

White House Pulls Back From Bid to Reopen C.I.A. ‘Black Site’ Prisons

WASHINGTON — The Trump White House appears to have backed off for now on its consideration of reopening overseas “black site” prisons, where the C.I.A. once tortured terrorism suspects, after a leaked draft executive order prompted bipartisan pushback from Congress and cabinet officials.

On Thursday, the White House circulated among National Security Council staff members a revised version of the draft order on detainees that deleted language contemplating a revival of the C.I.A. prisons, according to several officials familiar with its contents. Read more.

NY Times

February 5, 2017

Trump's New World Order



The new boss is starting to look a bit like the old bosses...

Truthstream Media

How Trump Filled The Swamp



With promises to “drain the swamp!” still ringing in our ears, we have watched Trump appoint nothing but Goldman banksters, Soros stooges, neocon war hawks and police state zealots to head his cabinet.

Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we examine the swamp-dwellers with which Trump has filled his swamp. Read more.

Corbett Report

Wilders wil het leger inzetten om nachtclubs te bewaken

Wilders schrijft voor Breitbart. Voor velen zal het geen nieuws zijn, en eigenlijk is het ook niet verrassend: “vrienden van Israël” kunnen heel goed antisemiet zijn, misschien zelfs beter dan “vijanden van Israël”. Een kort kijkje in een wereld waar ik liever ook niet had rondgekeken.

Hij feliciteert “Amerika” – hij bedoelt de Verenigde Staten, “de grootste democratie ter wereld” [biggest] – van India heeft hij nooit gehoord, of het telt niet omdat de mensen daar, nou ja eh – bovendien wonen er veel moslims. Lees meer.

Krapuul

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Tens of thousands of Russians claim free land in Far East

Over 48,000 requests have been received this week from Russian citizens responding to a state-backed program giving away a free hectare of land in the Far East.

The program approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin last May is meant to populate and develop the region. Read more.

RT

Birobidzhan Jewish Autonomous Region


2009

Created by the Soviet Union in 1928 a documentary about Birobizhan.

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Trump Admin. Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, Exaggerates Iran's Role



Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen

TRNN

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PJ Harvey - The Wheel

BB King & Eric Clapton - The Thrill Is Gone


Lyric | "Crossroads Guitar Festival' Live Concert at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Chicago 2010 USA

Orwell's 1984 Tops Sales Under Trump



"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." - George Orwell, 1984

teleSUR

February 3, 2017

Trump Threatens UC Berkeley After Protests



U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley after protesters became violent, forcing the cancellation of an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulo, a far-right Breitbart News editor. Read more.

teleSUR

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Colombia: FARC rebels to disarm at transition zones



Thousands of FARC rebels in Colombia are gathering into 26 transition zones across the country, bringing 52 years of war to an end.

The rebels, who will stay in the transition areas for up to six months, will hand over their weapons before reintegrating into civilian life.

Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports from Pondores.

Al Jazeera

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Romania: Massive protests continue over government corruption decree



More than 250,000 people joined protests in Romania against a government decree decriminalising small-scale corruption. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Trump: 'Nothing is off the table' in response to Iran's missile test

US President Donald Trump says "nothing is off the table" in terms of a response to Iran's ballistic missile test.

Trump made the comment on Thursday in response to a question by a reporter about whether he would consider military options to respond to Iran, a day after his national security adviser Michael Flynn put Tehran on "notice." Read more.

PressTV

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Syrian Red Crescent HQ attacked, at least 4 injured



The headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the city of Idlib has been destroyed in an attack, in which four people were reportedly injured. Read more.

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Pentagon confirms civilian deaths during U.S. military raid in Yemen



The U.S. Central Command has admitted an air raid in Yemen last week killed civilians, including children. The pre-dawn strike against al-Qaeda took place on January 29th and it also killed one U.S. soldier and wounded three others.

Following an investigation, the U.S. Central Command concluded aerial gunfire in support of the U.S. forces, caused the so-called, 'collateral damage'. Read more.

RT

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February 2, 2017

Kiev wil Poetin voor zijn in de Donbas

Conflict in Oost-Oekraïne - Kiev probeert, ondanks de wapenstilstand, terrein te veroveren in Oost-Oekraïne. „Groetjes aan de separatisten.”

De separatisten werden compleet verrast. Op 23 december, even na middernacht, bezetten militairen van het 46ste bataljon van het Oekraïense leger Novoluhanske, een dorpje van nog geen vierduizend inwoners in het niemandsland tussen de linies. Lees meer.

NRC

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February 1, 2017

MH17-journalisten opgelet: Eliot Higgins ≠ Bellingcat

Hebben de Russen MH17 nu wel of niet neergehaald? Eliot Higgins en diens onderzoekscollectief Bellingcat zaaien verwarring.

Op 9 januari 2015 stuurde de Brit Eliot Higgins, oprichter van onderzoekscollectief Bellingcat, een opzienbarende tweet de wereld in.

Op de foto leden van de 53ste brigade van de Russische landmacht uit Koersk, met als bijschrift: “Hier zijn de leden van de Russische 53ste brigade, die MH17 heeft neergeschoten met één van hun Buk-raketten.” Lees meer.

Novini

Israel approves construction of 3,000 new settlement units

Israel has announced plans for the construction of 3,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank, its latest step in a construction binge which started directly after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

The announcement was made late on Tuesday via a statement released by the Israeli ministry of military affairs, which stated that Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu have approved the new plans. Read more.

PressTV

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A Disastrous Appointment: David Friedman, Enemy of Peace - Jewish Currents

A Disastrous Appointment: David Friedman, Enemy of Peace

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S selection to be U.S. ambassador to Israel is his own bankruptcy lawyer, who has no diplomatic experience of any kind. David Friedman is a vigorous opponent of the creation of a Palestinian state and rejects the two-state policy as a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, which has been the official basis of U.S. policy under both Democrats and Republicans for decades.

Friedman has close ties to Israel’s rightwing settlement movement, and served as a commentator for Arutz Sheva, a settler media network. He was president of American Friends of Beit El Institutions, which supports the Beit El settlement near Ramallah, which is viewed as in violation of international law by both the U.N. and the U.S. Read more.

Jewish Current

Netanyahu urges Trump to move US Embassy to AL Quds



On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested US President Donald Trump to hurry up with the procedures aimed at moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

Netanyahu’s comments have angered Palestinian officials who are calling on the international community to step in.

PressTV

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